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How the 'Paradoxical Theory of Change' Relates to Binge Eating

Arnold Bessier discussed in his essay in 1970 “The Paradoxical Theory of Change,” the idea “that change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not. Change does not take place through a coercive attempt by the individual or by another person to change him, but it does take place if one takes the time and effort to be what he is — to be fully invested in his current positions.”

What does this have to do with binge eating? 

It means that you have to stop trying to force yourself to change. You have to stop fighting yourself. I found the paradox of change is that the more I try to control my food, the more out of control I am. When I give up trying to control — and give up food “rules,” i.e. weighing and

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